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OLN reaches for the top

Climbing Mount Everest is the ultimate outdoor adventure. With that in mind, the Outdoor Life Network of Stamford, U.S., is betting it has the ultimate factual program: a show that tracks a climbing team and telecasts live their attempt to summit the world's highest peak. If successful, it would be the first live TV transmission from the top of Everest.
September 1, 2002

Climbing Mount Everest is the ultimate outdoor adventure. With that in mind, the Outdoor Life Network of Stamford, U.S., is betting it has the ultimate factual program: a show that tracks a climbing team and telecasts live their attempt to summit the world’s highest peak. If successful, it would be the first live TV transmission from the top of Everest.

‘We haven’t worked out the [technical] details yet,’ says OLN spokesperson Carla Cicalese, referring to the summit broadcast. ‘It’s going to be live, and production is working on the details of it, because obviously it’s going to be difficult.’ Developed in partnership with Toyota, Global Extremes: Mt. Everest – 4Runners of Adventure is an OLN production that will award US$250,000 to the successful summit team of 12.

Anchored by the bid to conquer Everest during the May climbing season (the weather is treacherous the rest of the year), the series will begin to air in January. Fifty contestants will compete for a spot on the team. Toyota 4Runner trucks will feature prominently in the show, and will also be used by the production crew.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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